“To be honest, I expect everything,” Jokic said. “I expect them to play straight up; I expect them to put maybe a small on me and then come with a big guy. I expect really everything. It’s a playoff (series). I’ve never been there. Probably the team is going to try to do everything. Not just to me, to all of our players.” Murray and Jokic both said they trust Malone to guide them through all the scheming and adjusting. The fourth-year Nuggets coach has sat down Murray at various times this season for talks that have helped get him back on track as he slumped. Over Denver’s last eight games in the regular season, Murray averaged 5.3 assists to just 1.3 turnovers. That run came on the heels of a seven-turnover stretch over two games in late March that led to a meeting between coach and point guard. Malone showed Murray a video clip of his miscues, demonstrating how he was leaving his feet to pass or eschewing easy passes in favor of riskier deliveries. It’s coaching Murray has craved, imploring Malone at the end of last season to ride him even harder going into his third year.
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Storyline: Anthony Davis to Lakers?
There was some belief that the Celtics should chase Davis at any cost and attempt to win a championship next year, just like the Raptors successfully did with Kawhi Leonard this season. But sources said the Celtics also had concerns about giving up so many important pieces of their roster that they would not necessarily even be a championship-caliber team with Davis next season.
Storyline: Anthony Davis Trade?
Even if Irving departs, the Celtics remain optimistic about the state of the franchise. They hold the 14th, 20th, and 22nd picks in this draft. Even though some, if not all, of those picks likely would have been shipped out in a Davis deal, sources said the pursuit of Davis did not affect the team’s draft preparations, as they carried on, business as usual. According to a league source, the Celtics will continue to explore ways to potentially use some of those picks in deals for other current players, but that nothing was imminent.
June 15, 2019 | 8:13 pm EDT Update
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